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20 Things You Have To Do When You Visit Costa Rica

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica this summer or in the near future then you probably know that this green lush location has a lot to offer. But how should you make your decision on what to do when you get there? Here are 20 things you shouldn’t miss out on when you go.

1. Visit Arenal Volcano.

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No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without a visit to Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes. There you can go on a hike to La Fortuna waterfall, a famous stop within the national park.

2. Take a tour of the Venado Caves.

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If you do visit Arenal Volcano, make sure to do the 4-hour underground tour of the Venado Caves from La Fortuna. There you will get wet and sweaty as you crawl through the small spots.

3. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park.

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A rainforest surrounded by white-sand beaches. This is the perfect location to go hiking, experience wildlife, and lounge by a beach.

4. Go on a coffee tour because, duh.

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Costa Rica is famous for their delicious coffee, so if you visit, make sure to make some time for a coffee tour. El Toledo Coffee Tour is one of the many coffee tours that Costa Rica offers but is unique because it is one of the few farms that don’t use any chemicals on their plants.

5. Visit the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica.

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If you’re a performing arts fanatic make a stop to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. Here you can take a tour of the building inside and see the beautiful neoclassical designs of the building.

6. Visit the National Museum of Costa Rica.

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Located in the capital of San Jose, this building was originally a military barracks but is now being used as a museum. Definitely a must-see fortress.

7. Go to a butterfly garden tour.

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Costa Rica has a lot of wildlife, including butterflies. In Costa Rica you can find many butterfly tours and it is definitely worth an experience.

8. Go snorkeling in the beautiful water.

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Not only are their jungles amazing but their sea life is spectacular. So, make sure you make time for some snorkeling when you make your visit to Costa Rica.

9. Go zip-lining through the jungle.

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What better way to see the jungles in Costa Rica than zip-lining. You’ll be high above the trees and witness the most spectacular views.

10. Stay overnight at the Nature Observatorio.

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If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to live like Tarzan, this would be your opportunity to experience it. In Manzanillo, Costa Rica, there is a treehouse in the middle of the jungle where you can stay overnight. Here you will be able to watch wildlife in its real habitat and listen to the sounds of nature as you fall asleep.

11. Go horseback riding along the beach.

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To get the best views you must also go horseback riding. Stroll through the beach and rainforest on a horse in a guided tour.

12. Dip into some of the hot springs and ease your woes.

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Costa Rica has many hot springs locations and it’s an experience like no other. The hot springs here are surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife.

13. For a thrill, visit a hanging bridge.

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One of the most amazing views you’ll get in Costa Rica is on top of a hanging bridge. Costa Rica even has a whole park dedicated to hanging bridges, Mistico Park. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

14. Water rafting will bring your family together for sure.

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If you’re an adrenaline junky then you’d probably enjoy some water rafting at La Fortuna. Luckily no previous experience of rafting is required to participate in this tour.

15. Go on an ATV tour.

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Speed through the jungle on an ATV riding through rugged mountain terrain and reaching a destination with an amazing view.

16. Bungee jump if you want to feel alive.

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If you want an even more adrenaline experience, Monteverde has the highest Bungee jump in Central America. Jump off a tram over the cloud forest.

17. Visit the Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

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If you’d like to learn more of the history of Costa Rica, don’t miss out on the Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

18. Visit the Rio Celeste Waterfall and experience awe-inspiring nature at her best.

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The beautiful blue water of this waterfall is the product of a chemical reaction between the minerals from the volcano and the rainforest. You’ll be amazed by this sight.

19. Why not try some deep sea fishing while you are there?

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Catch a fish by Los Suenos Marina, a marina in Costa Rica with a full-service port.

20. And, of course, you might as well try out surfing.

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Being a world class surfing destination, don’t miss out on the opportunity to surf on the Costa Rican coastline.

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

READ: The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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President Jair Bolsonaro is blaming the indigenous community for the fires that raged in the Amazon. The fires set off international outrage as the rainforest faced unprecedented destruction by out of control fires. President Bolsonaro went against the rest of the international community during a speech to the U.N.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wants the United Nations to know that indigenous people were responsible for the Amazon fires.

In a remote session opening the U.N. General Assembly, President Bolsonaro spoke at length about the indigenous communities starting the fires. He also used the speech to speak out against the criticism his administration is receiving over his environmental policies and his response to Covid. Brazil is currently the second most infected country in the world with the second highest death rate.

The Amazon has experienced increased fires since President Bolsonaro took office.

For the first seven months of 2020, 13,000 sq. km. (5,019 sq. miles) of the Brazilian rainforest have burned. This year saw the second-highest level of fires on a global scale with fires raging across the Amazon, Australia, and the West Coast of the U.S.

President Bolsonaro openly contradicted expert findings to fit his narrative.

President Bolsonaro claims that the humidity of the forest contains the fires. According to President Bolsonaro’s speech, fires in the Amazon only happen in certain areas because of how well the humidity can keep the fires in check.

“The fires practically occur in the same places, on the east side of the forest, where peasants and Indians burn their fields in already deforested areas,” Bolsonaro said.

President Bolsonaro’s speech touches on the environmental record his administration is known for.

The Bolsonaro administration has made dismantling environmental and indigenous rights since taking power. The administration has worked to limit the amount of land available to indigenous people and to open up Amazonian rainforest to miners, loggers, farmers, developers, and other uses that are damaging and contributing to the fires. Deforestation by these industries are largely to blame for the out-of-control wildfires that burned for a very long time in the Brazilian Amazon.

Activists are getting ready to fight for the indigenous community and the rainforest.

“We must denounce this political catastrophe that destroys the environment and our future,” Sonia Guajajara, head of Brazil’s main Indigenous umbrella organization, to NBC News.

READ: Under Bolsonaro, The Brazilian Amazon Has Reached Record-Breaking Levels Of Deforestation

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